Senior Health Specialist

Asian Development Bank Metro Manila, Philippines
Lirio, Roland Mr_Photo
Role managed by
Rolando Rivera Liro Researcher

About the Asian Development Bank

Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution which is headquartered in Manila, Philippines. It is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfil its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.
In addition to its headquarters, ADB also maintains 31 field offices around the world. Since its founding, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. By targeting investments wisely, in partnership with developing member countries and other stakeholders, the aim is to alleviate poverty and help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth. Whether it is through investment in infrastructure, health care services, financial and public administration systems, or helping nations prepare for the impact of climate change or better manage their natural resources, ADB is committed to helping developing member countries evolve into thriving, modern economies that are well integrated with each other and the world.
ADB is at the forefront of development thinking and practice, spreading information through regional forums, a growing online presence and the publication of specialized papers, serials and books.
Economists, engineers, gender experts, environmental scientists as well as treasury, risk managers, procurement specialists are amongst the hundreds of professions at the bank working together to reduce poverty and ensure growth across the Asia and Pacific region is sustainable and inclusive.
The main instruments for assistance are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance. ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.
You can find further details on their website https://www.adb.org/

Senior Health Specialist

The Senior Health Specialist will support scaling up operations in the health sector by supporting efforts to: (i) improve health outcomes, especially for the poor and most vulnerable, with particular attention to outcomes related to expanding Universal Health Coverage (UHC) including the increasingly important challenge of non-communicable diseases; (ii) expand access to high-quality health services, interventions and technologies that give the most value for money; (iii) strengthen health systems for results that are compatible with appropriate incentives, and with attention to the complex, adaptive nature of those systems; (iv) establish and improve health financing mechanisms that promote efficiency, equity and sustainability of investments; (v) strengthen heath-relevant institutions within and outside the health sector; (vi) harness multisectoral policies and investments for better health, nutrition and population outcomes; and (vii) develop and learn from rigorous impact evaluations.
The incumbent will report to the Chief of Health Sector Group and may supervise National and Administrative Staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Health Specialist will have the following key responsibilities:
  • Assist in project identification, development, and processing of transactions in the health sector to be considered for ADB investment, including due consideration for development impact
  • Identify critical gaps in knowledge and identify opportunities to address those gaps
  • Lead or contribute to the generation of 'cutting edge' knowledge in the health sector in Asia and the Pacific on topics such as aging, chronic diseases, elderly care, migration, health security, health financing and health systems development.
  • Review and contribute to sector-specific policy and other documents.
  • Collaborate with operational departments to support multi-sectoral approaches for improving health and UHC outcomes and strengthen country systems.
  • Build and maintain relations with operational departments and networks to enhance intersectoral collaboration where relevant
  • Lead or support missions and supervise projects in the health sector; oversee the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure consistency and conformity to ADB standards and manage in collaboration with sector agencies and donors.
  • Provide high level policy advice to the government in the area of health systems reform; offer international comparative perspectives and recommends policy options and implementation strategies.
  • Support mobilization of grant resources for the health sector.
  • Contribute to the knowledge creation, capture and dissemination within and outside ADB on ADB’s health sector portfolio and future health issues relevant for Asia and the Pacific.
  • Apply innovative knowledge management techniques, including using multimedia.
  • Strengthen linkages and synergies in knowledge work across departments and office within ADB on health, social development related topics. Work closely with the social development and social protection team and the governance group.
  • Represent ADB at key local, regional and international meetings.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Medicine, Public Health, Economics or related fields with a health focus. University degree combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of Master’s degree. A PhD would be an advantage.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in the health sector in Asia and the Pacific.
  • A drive for results, including a proven track record of high standards/accountability for work products, meeting deadlines, an ability to prioritize tasks within his/her work program and strategies for working collectively with others on the team to deliver products of the highest calibre.
  • Experience working with regional or international development organizations covering several countries
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues in a complex and politically sensitive environment.
  • Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required

Terms of Appointment

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial fixed term of 3 years.
ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.
ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Location: Manila, Philippines

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Mr. Roland Lirio at [email protected] OR use the Application Form below. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by ADB to undertake this assignment.

Application form